Introduction to the House of Assembly

The House of Assembly is the focal point of the democratic process in our Province, and it is here that Bills are debated and passed into law.

Currently there are 40 Members of the House of Assembly (MHAs). Each Member represents a different constituency in the province.

Newfoundland and Labrador has fixed-date general elections held every four years on the second Tuesday in October. After an election, the party with the most seats in the Assembly forms the Government, and the leader of that party becomes the Premier of the Province.

The Official Opposition is the party that has the second largest number of seats in the House of Assembly. They have an important role in the Legislature, as they question and challenge proposed government policies, programs and legislation.